Tip of the Week – Common Scaled Layouts

In this edition of  “Tip of the Week”:
Can I print my layout in a commonly used scale?

Yes! – Layouts can be printed off in a “ruler-scalable” format for more convenient use in the field by framers and installers.

How to create a layout in a common scale:
Step 1. In the Projects “Framing Layouts” tab, select the layout paper size. For this…

Tip of the Week – Area Volume (AVM)

In this edition of  “Tip of the Week”:
I need to estimate an area in cubic yards for a concrete slab. Is there a way to do that?

Area Volume (AVM) is used when the estimator needs to determine the cubic yards, or volume needed to cover a square footage area. An example of such use would be a garage slab. 


Tip of the Week – Creating Usage Notes

In this edition of  “Tip of the Week”:
Can you create a note for a specific set of products within your material list and have a reference to that note show in your report on the same line?

While performing a takeoff you notice that the structural pages call for TJI floor joists while the architectural pages call for 2×10. You…

Tip of the Week – Creating a Report Note

In this edition of  “Tip of the Week”:
How can I create a note and have it show in my report?
When performing a take-off, an estimator will invariably run into situations that are not made clear by the blueprints. The key, when faced with this situation, is to communicate clearly to the customer what decision was made. One of the ways…

Choosing the right PrebuiltML Software for your needs!


So sooner or later everyone notices that we have a couple of programs available (PrebuiltML X and ProTrade) and the questions arise:

Which software is right for our use?
What is the difference in the software?
How about cost (and this includes the question “Can we buy the program outright instead of on a subscription basis”)?
How do Support…

Tip of the Week – Length Volume (LVM)

In this edition of  “Tip of the Week”:
I need to estimate the cubic yards of concrete for a footing and stem wall. Is there a way to do that? 
The Linear Volume formula is used when the estimator needs to determine the cubic yards of material needed to cover a linear measurement. A common use for this tool would be estimating…

Turn up the VOLUME!

That is Volume as in quantity – something new from PrebuiltML! Sales Guy again, and our latest release has included volumes of concrete and fill for PrebuiltML X and ProTrade! 

Cubic Yards are now included in the quantities available and – as always – at no extra charge. This isn’t an add-on or module to buy. We don’t work that way.…

Tip of the Week – Dockable Windows

In this edition of  “Tip of the Week”:
What are Dockable Windows and how will they help?
Dockable Windows are windows that the user can relocate to other areas on the same screen or move to an additional screen should the user have multiple monitors. This process can increase the usable drawing area within the digitizer window and allows a user to…

Time for the Sales Guy to jump into the blog, and my first post concerns…..


Sales is going to discuss Customer Support. Sales and Support here at PrebuiltML get along together. There is a simple reason for this – Sales will not promise what we don’t offer and Support is outstanding in what they do. 

Customer Support is more than knowledge and ability. Customer Support is an attitude.
There must be a desire to work with…

Tip of the Week – Rename and Remove Custom Products

In this edition of  “Tip of the Week”:
Have you created a custom product that you would like to rename or completely remove from your master template file?
In previous software versions, deletion or renaming of a custom product was not an option. Therefore if a custom product had been created in the base template and was no longer needed, the user acquired a…